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19Jan/23

Digital welfare dystopia

By Samuel Woodhams | Digital rights researcher and journalist

Algorithms to determine welfare payments and detect fraud are becoming standard practice around the world. From Manchester to Melbourne, peoples’ lives are being shaped by secretive tools that determine who is eligible for what, and how much debt is owed.

Although the technology has been around for some time, the outbreak of COVID-19 renewed enthusiasm for the digital welfare state and, for thousands of cash-strapped public bodies, the promise of increased efficiency and lower costs has proven irresistible.
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21Dec/22

Christmas films: there might be some truth to stories about hometown romances, according to research

Viren Swami, Anglia Ruskin University

The festive season seems to be a good time for love, or so many Christmas films would have us believe. One incredibly popular trope is “the return” – where the main character, usually with a successful career in the city, returns to their hometown for the festive period.

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13Oct/22

Redefine Meat unveils major New-Meat expansion with breakthrough premium cuts and first ever culinary-grade “Pulled Meat” category

Ahead of Europe’s largest food exhibition, SIAL (15-19 October), New-Meat™ pioneer Redefine Meat™ today unveils a major product expansion with five new breakthrough New-Meat products. These include two new premium cuts, Redefine Tenderloin and Redefine Striploin, as well as an entirely new category of “pulled” meat featuring Pulled Beef, Pulled Lamb and Pulled Pork. The new products are now available for the food service segment in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Israel. Continue reading

30Sep/22

‘Dark data’ is killing the planet – we need digital decarbonisation

Tom Jackson, Loughborough University and Ian R. Hodgkinson, Loughborough University

More than half of the digital data firms generate is collected, processed and stored for single-use purposes. Often, it is never re-used. This could be your multiple near-identical images held on Google Photos or iCloud, a business’s outdated spreadsheets that will never be used again, or data from internet of things sensors that have no purpose.

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02Sep/22

happiness curve is wrong: many people do not get happier as they get older

David Bartram, University of Leicester

On average, happiness declines as we approach middle age, bottoming out in our 40s but then picking back up as we head into retirement, according to a number of studies. This so-called U-shaped curve of happiness is reassuring but, unfortunately, probably not true.

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28Jul/22

Revealed: untold story of the CIA/Stasi double agent abandoned after 22 years of service

Eleni Braat, Utrecht University and Ben de Jong, Leiden University

I was naked, tied to a hard chair with handcuffs. Three or four burly fellows in uniform are standing around me, one of them behind me with a truncheon… ‘Sie sind ein Verräter! [You are a traitor!],’ they snap.

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